Sometimes to turn it up, you need to slow things down. Just ask the Severna Park girls lacrosse team.
The second-ranked Falcons scored seven unanswered goals to begin the second half and blow open a tight game en route to an 18-9 victory over host No. 7 Broadneck in an Anne Arundel County league game yesterday.
Kathleen Barranco led the Falcons (10-0, 7-0) with five goals, and Allison Behringer, Hayley Rausch and Julie Gardner had three apiece. Karri Ellen Johnson and Chelsea Thompson led the Bruins (7-2, 7-1) with three goals each.
Rausch scored with 23.6 second left in the first half to give the Falcons a 6-5 lead into the break. Then Severna Park coach Carin Peterson decided to change the strategy.
"What we did was we became more patient," Barranco said. "We came out flat [in the first half] because we were pressing too much. She told us to slow things down and wait for the right shot."
Barranco opened the scoring 1:14 into the second half when she dodged a defender and beat Bruin keeper Kasey Howard on a bounce shot. The Falcons added two more by Barranco and one each by Rausch and Gardner over the next five minutes to lead 11-5 with 19:02 left.
Severna Park used tight coverage at the other end to shut down the Bruins' offense. After Broadneck's Lindsay Mitchell scored with 2:19 left in the first half, the Bruins couldn't manage another goal until 10:29 was leftin the game.
"The defense played well in the second half," Peterson said. "We struggled with our marks in the first half, but I thought the defense picked up a lot better in the second half."
Although Peterson was proud of her team's effort in defeating its archrival on the road in a big game, she wasn't ready to boast.
"I'm not gonna go there," she said. "We still have South River on our schedule, and they are a good team. We have a few teams in this county who have some great players on them. It just comes down to who wants it more on any given day."